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Welcome to Research Bow!

A postgraduate research blog from and for the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science.

About us

Research Bow was launched in March 2019 with the vision to create a platform to share advice, experiences and news with our community of postgraduate research (PGR) students in the School of Health in Social...

Meet the team

Meet our passionate and enthusiastic team of editors, proofreaders, social media managers and much-valued reviewers! If you want to be involved in any of these roles all you have to do is to get in...

Our Contributors

Research Bow would not exist without the contribution of our inspiring and keen PGR blog authors who chose our platform to share their honest experiences, exciting initiatives and valuable tips and pieces of advice. We...

Read our latest blogs:

Hello from the other side – Alumni Series: Tine Opitz

We love hearing about the post-PhD careers of the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science. So it’s...
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Digital Research Ambassador Scheme

Welcome readers! The aim of this blog is to help inform you about the Digital Research Ambassador Scheme internship offered...
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Hello from the other side – Alumni Series: Lucie Woellenstein

We love hearing about the post-PhD careers of the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science. So it’s...
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Research Bow Festive Special – Part 2

Welcome back merr-ier readers, to the second part of Research Bow Festive Special. Time for one more sweet treat, and...
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Research Bow Festive Special – Part 1

Welcome merry readers, to our Research Bow Festive Special. This spectacular showcase shares the creativity of our PGR’s through the...
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Christmas Through the Times: A Personal Christmas Narrative

As a child on Christmas, I’d wake up early and eager to embrace the day, which at the time was...
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Featured category of the month: PhD Life & Milestones

In this category you can find reflections, tips and advice for any stage of your PhD from First Year Annual Reviews to Online Recruitment, Tutoring and Vivas. You can also find how to join exciting PGR reps initiatives, staying connected with the PGR community. Would you like to share your experiences and tips? Contact us at research.bow@ed.ac.uk

Digital Research Ambassador Scheme

Welcome readers! The aim of this blog is to help inform you about the Digital Research Ambassador Scheme internship offered by the University. It’s a...
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Online Surveys: How to spot (and stop) the bots

"Online surveys have become an increasingly popular method for collecting data quickly and inexpensively. However, one of the major drawbacks of online surveys is the...
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Meet the New Reps

It’s the start of a new academic year, where we welcome the new PhDs and the PhD veterans amongst us back into the fray of...
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Am I an imposter? First conference experiences as a PhD student

“Embarking on a doctoral journey is an exciting yet challenging endeavor, filled with numerous milestones and new experiences. Among these experiences, attending academic conferences as a PhD student holds a unique place. However, for many PhD students, the exhilaration of presenting their work at these conferences is accompanied by persistent …
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Tell Us About Your Methodology – Community Based Participatory Research

We have really appreciated the opportunities to learn about the work that is happening across the PGR cohort with our newest blog series, Tell Us...
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Stronger Together: Moving from Loneliness to Solidarity in Your PhD Journey

The PhD journey can be lonely, especially at the beginning when everything feels uncertain and overwhelming. Peer support is crucial at this time, providing emotional...
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Writing up your PhD – Struggles of a 4th year

Every PhD student practically dreams of and simultaneously dreads writing up their PhD. Speak to any 4th year student (and for those who think 4th...
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Tell Us About Your Methodology – Experience Sampling Methodology

Another month, another methodology. We have loved talking to our friends and colleagues on the PGR cohort to find out more about their research, and...
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